Why Supreme Court Threw Out Aisha Alhassan’s Appeal




Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Taraba state Gubernatorial polls where it upheld the election of Darius Ishaku as the duly elected governor (read here if you missed, the apex court has explained the reasons behind its February 11 ruling.

According to the court, the APC governorship candidate, Aisha Alhassan, had no locus standi to challenge the nomination of Gov. Darius Ishiaku by his party.

Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who read details of the judgement, said the appeals and cross-appeals had no redeemable substance.

The court held that the governor was duly sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to contest in the election, adding that evidence brought before it had confirmed Ishiaku’s membership of the party.

“The matter is very simple, the apex court has ruled on matters of this nature at different occasions.

“There is no way a candidate of another political party who did not participate in the primaries of another political party could suddenly rise to challenge the conduct of such an exercise.

“It is therefore, clear that the appeals and all the cross-appeals against the election of Gov. Darius Ishiaku of Taraba have no redeemable substance,” Rhodes-Vivour held.

The apex court also declared that the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal grossly misdirected itself by upturning Ishiaku’s victory.

It can be recalled that last year, the Taraba state Election petition tribunal declared Aisha Alhassan governor after nullifying Isaku’s win. Read more here.




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